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UCSD students and children under seven are admitted free to all regular season home games. Tickets for all games at RIMAC Arena are available at the main entrance on game day. General admission prices are $10 for adults (ages seven and up) and $5 for seniors (ages 65 and up), visiting students and UCSD Alumni Association members. For info on group tickets or other questions, please call 858.534.2508.
For the third consecutive season, a majority of UCSD's men's basketball games will be broadcast by ESPN Radio 1700 AM. A total of 17 non-conference and California Collegiate Athletic Association games will be on air, including all home league games and select road conference games. Craig Elsten, in his fifth season as the voice of Triton men's and women's basketball during online broadcasts, serves as the play-by-play announcer. Color commentary will be handled by former Triton players. A full list of games being aired can be found by clicking here.
All UCSD home games will feature a free live video stream that will be coupled with the audio from the ESPN Radio 1700 AM broadcast. You can access the video/audio feed by clicking here. In addition, all home games will be covered by live stats, which can be viewed by clicking here.
COACH AND COACH
First-year UCSD head coach Eric Olen will be a weekly guest on The Mighty 1090's "Coach" Kentera Show all season long. Olen will join host John Kentera live this Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 p.m.
PROBABLE TRITON STARTERS
G - #10 James McCann (Sr., 5-11/165): 15.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.4 APG, 34.0 MPG
G - #15 Aleks Lipovic (RFr., 6-4/185): 7.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, .421 3FG%, 25.3 MPG
G - #12 Adam Klie (Fr., 6-4/190): 10.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, .504 FG%, 1.0 SPG, 25.3 MPG
F - #23 Hunter Walker (So., 6-4/205): 9.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, .791 FT%, 27.4 MPG
F - #14 Drew Dyer (So., 6-6/210): 12.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, .442 FG%, .347 3FG%, 30.7 MPG
CCAA STANDINGS (through 1/30)
1. Cal State San Bernardino: 12-0, 15-1
2. Cal Poly Pomona: 11-1, 13-3
3. Chico State: 8-4, 12-4
T-4. Cal State Stanislaus: 7-5, 11-5
T-4. Cal State L.A.: 7-5, 10-6
T-4. San Francisco State: 7-5, 9-6
7. UC San Diego: 5-7, 9-7
T-8. Cal State Monterey Bay: 4-8, 6-9
T-8. Cal State East Bay: 4-8, 7-11
10. Humboldt State: 3-9, 8-10
T-11. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2-10, 5-14
T-11. Sonoma State: 2-10, 3-13
Among all CCAA teams, UCSD ranks:
2. Three Point Field Goals Made (136)
2. Fewest Turnovers/Game (11.9)
3. Rebounds/Game (36.7)
T-3. Assists/Game (13.8)
4. Free Throw Percentage (.725)
7. Points/Game (73.1)
7. Field Goals Made (403)
7. Three Point Field Goal Percentage (.343)
T-7. Blocks/Game (2.4)
9. Field Goal Percentage (.437)
10. Free Throws Made (227)
11. Steals/Game (5.1)
Tritons ranked among the top 10 players in the CCAA include:
• Drew Dyer
T-5. Three Point Field Goals/Game (2.2)
10. Minutes/Game (30.7)
• Aleks Lipovic
8. Three Point Field Goal Percentage (.421)
10. Three Point Field Goals/Game (2.0)
UCSD ranks among the top 50 teams in the nation in fewest turnovers (34th, 191), scoring defense (36th, 67.6) and three point field goals/game (42nd, 8.5). Individually, James McCann ranks ninth in assist/turnover ratio (3.32), 13th in assists/game (6.4) and 21st in total assists (103).
James McCann is on the verge of breaking UCSD's Division II (since the 2000-01 season) career assists record. Heading into this week's games, the senior guard has accumulated 411 career helpers, which ranks second on the school's list. The DII record is held by current Cal Poly Pomona assistant coach Clint Allard, who dished out 414 assists between 2004 and 2008. The all-time school record is 496 by Darvin Jackson (1988-92).
McMORE ON McCANN
Earlier this season, James McCann scored his 1,000th career point. He entered the year with 934 and his 11-point performance at Humboldt State on Dec. 5 put him over the mark. He is just the third Triton to accumulate 1,000 points during the team's NCAA Division II era (since the 2000-01 season). Overall, he is the 12th player in program history to join the club.
Last Friday's Spirit Night attendance of 3,902 was the second-highest ever for a men's basketball game at RIMAC Arena ... Aleks Lipovic set several career highs vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills, including points (23), field goals made (8), field goals attempted (13), threes made (7) and threes attempted (12) ... Lipovic's seven threes were the most netted by a Triton since Mike Meza hit seven at Cal State East Bay on Feb. 18, 2012 ... Matt Bailey saw his first playing time of the season last week after recovering from injury ... Adam Klie's 12 field goals attempted and five assists vs. CSUDH were both career highs ... Klie's eight free throws and 11 free throw attempts vs. CSULA were career bests ... Drew Dyer's four steals vs. CSUDH were a career high ... Hunter Walker's eight rebounds vs. CSULA were a career high ... James McCann has dished out five or more assists 13 times and has totaled 10 or more points in 15 of 16 games … Zach McMillan's 16 rebounds against UC Merced were a career-best and the most since Casey Ryan pulled down 20 against San Francisco State on Feb. 3, 2011 ... Three Tritons have posted a total of five double-doubles this season: McCann (3), Dyer (1) and MacKenzie McCullough (1) ... McCann has a double-double in his last two games ... Head coach Eric Olen earned his first career win on Nov. 15 with a 66-56 victory against Daemen College at RIMAC Arena … Olen's inaugural win came in his first career regular season contest ... The Tritons’ 95 points against St. Katherine on Nov. 27 were the most the team had scored in regulation since Nov. 4, 2011, when it poured in 102 against Chestnut Hill ... UCSD has scored 90-plus points three times this season, the most since the 2007-08 season (twice) ... Duke Doulphus, Adam Klie, Aleks Lipovic, Michael Robinson and Darryl Wong have all seen their first career action as a Triton this season.
UCSD won both of its games last week at home, defeating league opponents Cal State Dominguez Hills (80-59) and Cal State L.A. (70-66). Against CSUDH, Aleks Lipovic hit seven three pointers and finished with a career-high 23 points. Three other Tritons also finished in double figures as Adam Klie totaled 14 points and James McCann and Hunter Walker each had 12. McCann dished out 10 assists, one short of his career-high. Drew Dyer had a game co-high seven rebounds and added four steals. UCSD made 62% of its shots in the second half. The next night, Dyer led all players with 22 points and McCann recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Golden Eagles led by a point, 28-27, at halftime in a game that saw 10 lead changes in the opening half of play. Dyer kicked off the second half with a three pointer to put the Tritons up 30-28 and they would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the night.
McCANN NAMED CCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard James McCann was named the CCAA Player of the Week Tuesday after recording back-to-back double-doubles to lead UCSD to wins against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State L.A. McCann averaged 12.5 points and 10 assists and hit a team-best 92% (11-12) of his free throws. It was the first weekly league honor in McCann's career. He is the second Triton to earn the award this season as sophomore forward Drew Dyer won it on Nov. 25, 2013.
Drew Dyer was named the CCAA Player of the Week on Nov. 25. The 6'6" forward recorded his first double-double of the season in a near victory over league favorite Cal State San Bernardino on Nov. 21. The Tritons fell in overtime, 77-73, despite 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds from the sophomore. The Aurora, Colo., native was 7-for-16 from the floor, including a pair of treys, and capitalized on six-of-seven free throw opportunities. His 22 points and 14 rebounds, eight on the offensive side, were game-highs. It marked the first career conference award for Dyer.
2013-14 CCAA PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Cal State San Bernardino (6), 115 points
2. Cal Poly Pomona (6), 112 points
3. San Francisco State, 92 points
4. Chico State, 91 points
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills, 86 points
6. Cal State L.A., 75 points
7. Sonoma State, 60 points
8. Humboldt State, 48 points
9. Cal State Stanislaus, 40 points
10. Cal State East Bay, 32 points
11. UC San Diego, 24 points
12. Cal State Monterey Bay, 17 points
HEAD COACH ERIC OLEN
Long-time UCSD assistant coach Eric Olen was named the program's 12th head coach on Oct. 1, 2013. Olen joined the Tritons as a second assistant for the 2004-05 season and was promoted to first assistant the next season. He was on the bench during the 2007-08 campaign when UCSD won its first-ever CCAA Tournament title and earned its first berth in the NCAA Tournament. As a player at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Olen helped the Badgers to three straight appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, including trips to the NAIA Elite Eight in 2000 and 2001.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Cal Poly Pomona, ranked 23rd in this week's NABC national poll, enters Friday's match-up with a 13-3 overall record and is in second place in the CCAA at 11-1. Winners of 11 straight, the Broncos defeated Chico State (67-64) and Cal State Stanislaus (58-46) last week at home. Their lone loss came against Cal State San Bernardino (62-53) at home on Nov. 26. DeRonn Scott leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.3 points/game, while Jordan Faison is at 12.8. Faison is pulling down a team-best 5.2 rebounds/game. Jordan Finn leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (.488) and Faison is tied for third in blocks/game (1.1). As a team, CPP is second in the CCAA in rebounding (37.9) and fourth in blocks (3.3). The Broncos are scoring 65.7 points/game, which ranks them 11th of 12 teams in the conference.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Cal Poly Pomona leads the all-time series against UC San Diego, 24-8. The Broncos have won the last 11 meetings, with UCSD's last victory coming on March 8, 2008 in the CCAA Tournament championship game (64-56). On Dec. 7, 2013 in Pomona, UCSD held a 40-21 lead at the half, but CPP came back to win, 70-63. DeRonn Scott led all players with 26 points, while Drew Dyer had a team-best 17 for the Tritons. UCSD hit 61% of its shots in the opening half, but dropped to 30% in the second.
ABOUT THE LUMBERJACKS
Humboldt State, which plays at Cal State San Bernardino Friday, enters the week at 8-10 overall and sits in 10th place in the CCAA at 3-9. The Lumberjacks split their home games last week, defeating Cal State Stanislaus (80-76) and falling against Chico State (82-70). Three players are averaging 10 or more points/game, including David Howard (20.9), Allan Guei (15.7) and Jordan Mackie (12.1). Howard leads the CCAA in scoring and field goals/game (7.7), is tied for third in blocks/game (1.1) and is fourth in three-point percentage (.447) and rebounding. Allan Guei is third in the conference in steals/game (1.7). As a team, HSU leads the conference in field goals (501) and free throws (327) and is second in scoring (79.9).
ABOUT THE SERIES
Humboldt State leads the all-time series against UC San Diego, 13-6. The Tritons have won the last three match-ups, including a 75-69 victory in Arcata on Dec. 5, 2013. UCSD dug itself out of a 19-point hole by scoring 45 second half points and putting together an 11-0 run with just under 11 minutes left in the game. Five Tritons had double figure point totals, led by Drew Dyer's game-high 18.
CCAA TOURNAMENT RETURNS TO ONTARIO
The 2014 CCAA Championship Tournament returns to Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., March 6-8. This year, the tournament will feature a new format that includes 12 teams (six men's teams and six women's teams) instead of the previous 16-team field. All tournament games will be played at Citizens Business Bank Arena, with the first round campus site games eliminated. The top two men's teams and top two women's teams will receive a first-round bye, while the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 seeds on each side will play a first round elimination game on Thursday, March 6. Semifinal games between the first-round winners and the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will take place on Friday, March 7, and the championship games will be played on Saturday, March 8. The men's and women's teams that win the CCAA Tournament will receive automatic qualification into the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
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After playing four straight games at RIMAC Arena, UCSD will take to the road following this week's contests. The Tritons play at Chico State and Cal State Stanislaus on Feb. 7 and 8 before traveling to Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay on Feb. 14 and 15. The game at CSUMB is slated for a 7 p.m. tip, while the other three start at 7:30 p.m.